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With reference to the item on a
new alcohol superstore in
Rangiora, there is only one
answer -- no.
We have more than enough
ways for people to purchase
alcohol in Rangiora, in fact too
On another aspect: Do you
remember the 6 o clock swill of
times gone by?
There was no way to purchase
alcohol after that time and most of
the drinkers went home to their
families. Very few of them did go
out later to get drunk. Yes there
were some, but certainly not
teenagers going out of their way to
damage anything they could get
their hands on.
Perhaps we should restrict
alcohol sales after 6 o clock and
thus keep our communities safe.
No to liquor store
I agree with Mr Miller, Mr
Galloway and Mr Allen. We
absolutely do not need another
liquor store in Rangiora. Mr Singh
must be blind or have rather
Every time I have been
travelling past that particular
corner at the time high school
students are going home there
have been plenty of them. In fact
they just stream out across the
road in front of the traffic.
We have enough drunken youth
around at the weekends without
giving them another place to get
booze. Mr Singh is only interested
in deepening his pockets further,
and I don t think he cares at
whose expense he does it. Just
another example of human greed.
If our council are honestly
intent on helping to curb the
binge-drinking crisis we have in
this country they must surely say
no. But we know from experience
they are very skilled at making
Fingers crossed they get it right
I wish to express my complete
disgust at the proposal for yet
another liquor outlet in Rangiora.
Surely in this day and age of
extreme alcohol abuse we do not
require another outlet.
No, no, no.
Profit from misery
In response to your article,
Proposed store unwelcome
(August 11) referring to Mr
Hardeep Singh s need to make
money off violence, depression,
abuse, broken homes and the like
by opening yet another booze hut
super liquor outlet, Alcohol Wise
of Hurunui writes: Is it a case of
let the booze sellers make money
while the sun shines? , because
from 1989 our governments have
Why are we still waiting for an
Alcohol Reform Bill with teeth?
Politicians need to hear us and
pass a bill that will curb abuse
drinking by allowing any
community to stop any additional
At the moment we can do
nothing except write letters like
this and appeal to Mr Hardeep
Singh to not bother coming to
town. Perhaps we should also
educate our responsible
mainstream about the latest brain
Did you know, in the last
decade it has been found when
anyone with a developing brain
drinks even a little alcohol, their
memory is shot for a month?
If we chat with our kids about
the merits of frying their memory,
it wouldn t be worth Mr Singh
opening in the first place.
Isn t it funny how all those in
favour of "user pays" suddenly go
quiet when it s pointed out that
alcohol costs this country $5
billion in expenditure for alcohol
problems, ie, additional police,
medical care, the court systems
and prisons, ACC, premature
deaths from alcohol -- not only
from drink driving but medical
disease as well. Yet we only get
back $1b in taxes from the alcohol
Those who yell out for user pays
on just about everything else
suddenly go deaf when this is
pointed out. Then to cap it off we
have a minister of the Crown
saying if there was a minimum
price on alcohol and the $10 bottle
of wine was going to now cost $18,
the money would go to the
If we are going to promote user
pays, then let s have it across the
board. Mind you what political
party is going to commit suicide
by raising the tax on alcohol?
Guess that shows what a
hypocritical society we have
Many can't marry
If I was to take Robert Vincent s
logic (August 15) to the extreme, it
would render marriage null and
void of its place in society.
Marriage is not just a private
matter of emotion between two
Underage heterosexual couples
who may be in love cannot marry.
Siblings may love each other but
they cannot marry. I love my kids
but I can t marry them. Even first
cousins have to get special
permission to marry. Men who
love two women cannot be
married to both of them. This is
discrimination -- to observe a
difference, to discern the
It is not hatred that makes
these rules -- it s for the good of
society and its peoples. J Goulding
MP carries a
No brickbats this
week, only bou-
I have praise
for our emerg-
and our com-
munity, at that.
just on dusk, I
happened to be out burning the
when a loud bang alerted me to a
motorbike-versus-ute on the inter-
section adjacent to my rural abode.
By the time I got there the other
driver was already on the phone to
111; that she had managed to get
coverage in what is generally a bad
area for cell phones was an added
The motorbike rider, being an
emergency department nurse, was
on his way to Christchurch A & E
that night anyway, though I doubt
he had any prior intention of swap-
ping his bike for the rescue helicop-
ter which ended up taking him.
From my arrival, to the first
response paramedic reaching the
scene, would have been five
minutes at the most.
The ambulance was no more
than another five minutes behind.
Police and Fire were also in attend-
ance inside the first 15 minutes.
Three young blokes in a van
moved the badly damaged bike off
the road and
the worst of
the crash site.
per was there
in less than half an hour. I have
only praise for the calm profession-
alism I saw from every one of the
responders involved, and for my
neighbours, many of whom I hadn t
met until that night.
I wasn t able to contribute much
beyond standing in a puddle hold-
ing a torch, but I have to mention
the un-named chap who held our
man s head for most of the ordeal,
in what had to be a fairly
uncomfortable position for him.
I have spoken to the staff at
Christchurch Hospital, where our
nurse is still in the ICU. He s not in
the best shape, but he will pull
I want to say thank you and con-
gratulations to the largely unsung
heroes of all our emergency ser-
You re the best at what you do
and we need you more than we
Richard Prosser is a NZ First list
MP based in Ashley, North
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